The Syntax of Counting shown at the ICA as part of Art Licks Magazine's annual, 2012.

The Syntax of Counting.
Single channel video.

Continuing their examination of universal systems of understanding, this short film sees the artists collaboratively counting aloud. As the pair take turns reciting the phonetic parts of the language of counting, the system becomes complicated by the collaborative process and a desire for a deeper understanding of its mechanisms.

The work questions the difficulties inherent in mutual expression and understanding, highlighted by the choice of such a simple task whereby mutual understanding is a given. Communication becomes futile, two voices dovetail to become one, and through this absurdity perhaps the viewer's focus shifts from the artists struggle to achieve their goal, to their motivations.